BALTIMORE — For the many Jets fans so highly invested in who the team will hire to replace Todd Bowles, perhaps Ravens coach John Harbaugh should not be completely ruled out just yet.
Despite reports last week that Harbaugh, whose Ravens were eliminated from the playoffs in Sunday’s 23-17 wild-card loss to the Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium, was in line for a contract extension, he left the door slightly ajar.
Asked after the game if there’s “any question’’ about his future in Baltimore, Harbaugh didn’t exactly sound like his future was set in stone.
“I don’t believe so,’’ he answered. “There’s a bible verse that basically says, ‘Make no oath.’ No one can say what tomorrow is going to bring, other than God willing — Deo volente. Those are the only two Latin words I know, but those are the two most important.
“We’ll see,’’ Harbaugh went on. “We’ll see what God has in store. I have every expectation, every plan, to be here as long as they want me here, and I believe I’ll be here. I think that’s been made very clear by [Ravens management] to me over the past few weeks.
“I expect to go forward with that as long as that’s what they want to do. I do believe that’s what they want to do. Let’s roll.’’
Harbaugh is signed with the Ravens through the 2019 season, so even if the Jets or any other team wanted him to coach, they’d have to pay the Ravens draft-pick and/or financial compensation.
Two weeks, ago the Ravens publicly stated that they were “working on an extension with John Harbaugh,” but no new deal has been made yet.
Harbaugh, who has won a Super Bowl, has seemingly strong leverage considering the large number of teams seeking new head coaches and Seattle coach Pete Carroll’s recent contract extension, which is reported to pay him $11 million a year.
It’s not likely the Ravens will let Harbaugh, who’s led them to seven playoff berths in his 11 years in Baltimore, walk. But his situation is worth keeping tabs on if you’re Jets CEO Christopher Johnson and general manager Mike Maccagnan.